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Mills Concert Hall

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455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States

Mills Hall is named for Charles H. Mills. From 1914 until his death in 1937, Charles Mills was a professor of music and the director of the School of Music at the University of Wisconsin. One of his most noted accomplishments there was “the Wisconsin plan” which provided for the acceptance of music courses for entrance credit by the University of Wisconsin on an equal basis with recognized academic subjects. The high standards Mills set as a basis for granting this increase in entrance credits for music were credited with greatly increasing the quality of public school music education, and the “Wisconsin plan” served as an example for other states to follow.

Mills also elevated the level of music study at the University of Wisconsin. When he came to Wisconsin, the School of Music offered only a two-year course leading to a certificate. During his tenure here, it became a four-year course leading to a Bachelor’s degree, and Master’s and Doctoral programs were introduced. One of Mills’s last public appearances was at the 1937 commencement exercises, where he escorted his first Ph.D. candidate, Robert A. Sromovsky. The program was shifted from a conservatory-type course to a broader educational program in which nearly half the credits earned by graduates were in subjects outside of music including English, History and languages. Mills believed that it was important for musicians to be well-rounded individuals.

Learn more here: http://music.library.wisc.edu/wma/papers/mills_ch/mills_ch.htm

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February 2018

Wisconsin Brass Quintet: Works by Piazzolla, Bartok and more

February 24 @ 8:00 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Alex Noppe and Matthew Onstad, trumpets; Mark Hetzler, trombone; Tom Curry, tuba; and Daniel Grabois, horn. With special guest Anthony DiSanza, percussion. http://www.wisconsinbrassquintet.com Program: Bela Bartok, arr. Mark Hetzler: Allegretto pizzicato Astor Piazzolla, arr. Chris van Hof: Meditango Robert Maggio: Revolver 1. extreme western frontiers 2. unfamiliar terrain 3. thrown into a world 4. with nobody’s help (lost and badly wounded) 5. opened to the fragility (slipping away) Intermission Daniel Grabois: Migration Olivier Messiaen, arr. Mark Hetzler: Dance of Fury, for the…

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CANCELED: Guest artists: Cristina Ballatori & Jonathan Dotson, flute and guitar

February 27 @ 7:30 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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This event is canceled. Cristina Ballatori, assistant professor of flute at UW-Whitewater, and Jonathan Dotson, guitar faculty at the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley, will perform works from the flute/guitar duo repertoire. Program to come.

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Maria Pomianowska & Seth Parker Woods – Eastern European String Music

February 27 @ 7:30 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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This concert location has been moved to Mills Hall instead of Morphy Hall. Remaining details have not changed.  Maria Pomianowska & Seth Parker Woods Voice of Suka Project - Eastern European String Music FREE CONCERT Polish Student Association of UW Madison with Department of German, Nordic and Slavic Studies in cooperation with Mad-PolKA, Polish Heritage Club of Madison,WI and Sounds and Notes of Chicago present Maria Pomianowska's Voice of Suka Project in concert featuring cellist Seth Parker Woods performing Polish…

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Faculty Duo Recital: Mark Hetzler, trombone, & Martha Fischer, piano

February 28 @ 7:30 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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This concert will showcase music from their recent Summit Records CD release, Themes and Meditations. Sonata #2 for Violin and Piano -  Sandro Fuga Sonata for Cello and Piano  -  Frank Bridge   Mark Hetzler,  trombone; Martha Fischer, piano. Featuring compositions by Anthony Barfield, Frank Bridge, Anthony Plog and Jan Bach, this recording showcases virtuosic music with a lyrical style. From Barfield's powerful Meditations of Sound and Light to Frank Bridge's epic Sonata for Cello and Piano, this CD is…

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March 2018

Faculty Recital: Parry Karp, cello and Eli Kalman, piano

March 2 @ 8:00 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Program: Romance for Violin and Piano in D Major, Op. 23 (1910) Karol Szymanowski transcribed for cello by Parry Karp Sonata in F Major for Piano and Cello, Op. 99 (1886) Johannes Brahms Sonate de Concert in E for Cello and Piano, Op. 47 (1857) Charles-Valentin Alkan Since his doctorate with Professor Martha Fischer (class of 2006), pianist Eli Kalman has been teaching piano and chamber music at UW Oshkosh, navigating the intricacies of a teacher-artist career and the comforting…

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Wingra Wind Quintet

March 9 @ 8:00 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Timothy Hagen, flute; Aaron Hill, oboe; Alicia Lee, clarinet; Joanna Schulz, horn; Marc Vallon, bassoon.

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University Bands

March 11 @ 1:00 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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“Le Domaine Musical” with Marc Vallon and friends

March 15 @ 7:00 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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20th century music and more.

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Composition Master Class: Duo Cortona

March 16 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Duo Cortona is a contemporary music ensemble dedicated to the creation of works for its unique instrumentation: mezzo-soprano and violin.  This ensemble explores new sounds and possibilities for its intimate, expressive, and vital combination.  Duo Cortona works to establish a new and thus far unexplored repertoire, pursuing the endless possibilities of this union.  We create opportunities for both established and emerging composers through commissions, competitions, educational workshops, university residencies, and major concert performances. Duo Cortona was founded at the Cortona…

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Guest Artists: Duo Cortona

March 16 @ 7:30 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Duo Cortona is a contemporary music ensemble dedicated to the creation of works for its unique instrumentation: mezzo-soprano and violin.  This ensemble explores new sounds and possibilities for its intimate, expressive, and vital combination.  Duo Cortona works to establish a new and thus far unexplored repertoire, pursuing the endless possibilities of this union.  We create opportunities for both established and emerging composers through commissions, competitions, educational workshops, university residencies, and major concert performances. Duo Cortona was founded at the Cortona…

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Faculty Recital: Timothy Hagen, flute

March 18 @ 2:00 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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New adjunct flute professor Timothy Hagen will be featured in his first faculty recital, with Aaron Hill, oboe, and Thomas Kasdorf, piano. Works by Gaetano Donizetti, W. F. Bach, Laura Schwendinger, Samuel Zyman, and Timothy Hagen will be performed.

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“Symphony Showcase” Concerto Winners Solo Recital & Reception

March 18 @ 7:30 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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$10

Our annual Concerto Competition is open to instrumentalists, vocalists, and composers. 2017-2018 winners are, in alphabetical order: Kaleigh Acord, violin Beethoven- Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D major, Op. 61 Aaron Gochberg, percussion Keiko Abe, Prism Rhapsody Eleni Katz, bassoon Mozart, Bassoon Concerto in B flat major, K. 191 Eric Tran, piano Bach, Concerto No. 4 in A Major, BWV 1055 Mengmeng Wang, composer Premiere: "Blooming" Each winner will perform solo with the UW-Madison Symphony Orchestra, Chad Hutchinson, conductor.…

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Concert Band

March 20 @ 7:30 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Mike Leckrone, conductor.

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“Sounding Beckett” – The Intersection of Music and Drama, featuring the Cygnus Ensemble

March 23 @ 7:00 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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A two-day event focused on music inspired by the Nobel Prize-winning playwright, Samuel Beckett. Featuring a concert by New York’s Cygnus Ensemble, instrumental master classes, a lecture and panel discussion with Patricia Boyette, UW-Madison professor of theatre & drama, and a reading/workshop of student composers’ pieces. Master class times and rooms with Cygnus musicians TBD. http://www.cygnusensemble.com SOUNDING BECKETT MUSICALLY ILLUSTRATES AVANT-GARDE PLAYWRIGHT SAMUEL BECKETT’S WORKS Award-winning Cygnus Ensemble will present works of Prof. Laura Schwendinger and five other composers By…

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April 2018

Faculty Concert: Alicia Lee, clarinet

April 5 @ 7:30 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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 Alicia Lee, assistant professor of clarinet,  will present a diverse program of works for clarinet. Prior to UW-Madison, Ms. Lee maintained a busy freelance career throughout New York City, performing and touring regularly with a variety of groups, including the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the Knights, Alarm Will Sound, NOVUS, and ACME. Alicia Lee

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Wind Ensemble – Livestreamed Concert

April 7 @ 7:30 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Scott Teeple, conductor, with assistant graduate conductors O'Shae Best and Cole Hairston. This concert will be livestreamed on the School of Music's YouTube page. Program: Suite Francaise   -  Francis Poulenc Circuits  -  Cindy McTee  Symphony in Three Movements -  John Stevens, emeritus professor of tuba performance at UW-Madison. John Stevens Hammersmith - Gustav Holst Above and Beyond - Gerard Schwarz

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Senior Recital: Aaron Gochberg, percussion

April 8 @ 3:30 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Aaron Gochberg will perform works by Ben Wahlund, David Lang, William Duckworth, Iannis Xenakis and David Lang, including Lang's "Cheating, Lying, Stealing." Aaron will soon complete an undergraduate degree in music performance with Anthony Di Sanza. He will be joined by friends and collaborators, Cole Nasman (percussion), Lana Hantzsch (piano), Teddy Williams (percussion), Rosie Hess (clarinet), Kyle Price (cello). Aaron is also a winner of the 2018 concerto competition. He will perform with the UW-Symphony on March 18. See details…

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Master’s Recital: Dan Brickner, percussion

April 10 @ 7:30 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Dan Brickner is a first year master's student in percussion performance, studying with Anthony DiSanza. He will perform Toshi Ichiyanagi's Portrait of Forest, Keiko Abe's Variations on Japanese Children's Songs, Nebojsa Zivkovic's Generally Spoken It is Nothing But Rhythm, Eckhard Kopetzki's Festival Songs, Tomer Yariv's Gyro, and his own original composition titled Getting Graphic, for snare drum and percussion duo. Dan will be joined by fellow percussionists Cole Nasman and Rebecca Compton-Allen.

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DMA Recital: Eric Tran, piano

April 12 @ 8:30 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Pianist-composer Eric Tran, originally from Piedmont, California, is in his first year of pursuing a doctorate of music arts in piano at UW-Madison with Christopher Taylor. Eric has appeared in music festivals such as PianoTexas, Aspen, Art of the Piano, as well as festivals in Europe. He was a winner of the 2017 Mead Witter School of Music concerto cmpetition, performing Bach's Concerto #4 in A Major, BWV 1055 with the UW-Madison Symphony Orchestra on March 18th, 2018. Works to…

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Low Brass Ensemble

April 14 @ 4:00 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Student Conducting Debut: Anna Fisher-Roberts

April 15 @ 3:30 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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A performance of Aaron Copland's Appalachian Spring for 13 instruments by an all-student orchestra, conducted by Anna Fisher-Roberts. Anna is an aspiring conductor and flute performance major in her third year at UW - Madison. This is her debut on the podium before an orchestra. She is also the conductor of the newly established flute ensemble, which performed at the 2018 Wisconsin Flute Festival. With Flute: Megan O'Connell Clarinet: Marcus Alston Bassoon: Eleni Katz Piano: Brianna Ware Violin: Bartholomew Shields,…

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Twisted Metal Horn Ensemble

April 17 @ 7:30 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Daniel Grabois, director.

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Pro Arte Quartet

April 19 @ 7:30 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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David Perry and Suzanne Beia, violin; Sally Chisholm, viola; and Parry Karp, cello.

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Combined Choirs Concert – Women’s Chorus and University Chorus

April 20 @ 8:00 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Chris Boveroux, conductor. Women's Chorus program highlights: -Veljo Tormis' masterwork Curse Against Iron, a commentary on the evils of the ironmonger -A premiering written by student composer Brianna Ware University Chorus program highlights: -R. Murray Schafer's Miniwanka, or the Moments of Water (North American Indian dialects)  

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Concert Choir

April 21 @ 8:00 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Beverly Taylor, conductor.

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Choral Union & Chamber Orchestra – Part 1

April 22 @ 4:00 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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$8 - $15

Bach’s St. Matthew Passion Beverly Taylor, conductor Auditions January 23 & 24.  Details here. A sacred oratorio written by Johann Sebastian Bach in 1727 for solo voices, double choir and double orchestra, with libretto by Picander (Christian Friedrich Henrici). It sets chapters 26 and 27 of the Gospel of Matthew (in the German translation of Martin Luther) to music, with interspersed chorales and arias. It is widely regarded as one of the masterpieces of classical sacred music. Credit: Wikipedia. Read…

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Choral Union & Chamber Orchestra – Part 2

April 22 @ 7:00 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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$8 - $15

Bach’s St. Matthew Passion Beverly Taylor, conductor Auditions January 23 & 24.  Details here. A sacred oratorio written by Johann Sebastian Bach in 1727 for solo voices, double choir and double orchestra, with libretto by Picander (Christian Friedrich Henrici). It sets chapters 26 and 27 of the Gospel of Matthew (in the German translation of Martin Luther) to music, with interspersed chorales and arias. It is widely regarded as one of the masterpieces of classical sacred music. Credit: Wikipedia. Read…

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Symphony Orchestra

April 23 @ 7:30 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Chad Hutchinson, conductor.

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Wind Ensemble with Timothy Hagen, flute

April 25 @ 7:30 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Scott Teeple, conductor, with graduate conductors Cole Hairston and O'Shae Best. Program: Dithyrambos - Chang–Su Koh Suite in Bb - Richard Strauss Symphonic Dance No. 3 - Clifton Williams Precious Metal - D.J. Sparr Soloist: Timothy Hagen, flute La Fiesta Mexicana

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Western Percussion Ensemble

April 27 @ 8:00 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Madrigal Singers & Chorale

April 28 @ 8:00 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Presenting “Free Wheeling: A Tribute to the Bicycle” with choirs and a jazz quintet. Bruce Gladstone, conductor.

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Concert Band

April 29 @ 1:00 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Mike Leckrone, conductor.

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University Bands

April 29 @ 4:00 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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All-University Strings

April 29 @ 7:30 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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Matt Chan, conductor.

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May 2018

Contemporary Percussion Concertos: Works of Brostrom and Dorman

May 3 @ 8:00 pm
Mills Concert Hall, 455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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This concert will contain two staple percussion concerti by Swedish composer Tobias Brostrom and Israeli composer Avner Dorman. With conductor Kyle Knox, percussion soloist Garrett Mendelow, and a chamber orchestra. A pre-concert talk with the composers, the conductor and the soloist will take place from 6:45 to 7:15 PM. Program: Arena Concerto by Tobias Brostrom (2004) Frozen in Time by Avner Dorman (2007)      

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